Learn More… What book are you going to read this year? And not a teen supernatural fiction. One that is going to help you in your profession. I have 14 identified that I want to read. This year I’m gonna read one of them. First up is Getting Things Done by David Allen. Others that peak my interest are Destination Marketing Organizations Bridging Theory and Practice by Steven Pike, Marketing in Leisure and Tourism by Patricia Click Janes and Marketing Outrageously by John Spolestra. I’ll put the entire list on my website.
There’s also tons of research and you don’t really need to dig for it (or pay). It comes to your inbox. US Travel Association sends a weekly news brief. Every other issue or so has a story on research, trends or an industry study. I also like Lou Taverna’s Hospitality Newsmaker Alert. Again, periodic research or trends. The third I like is TripInfo.com’s Internet Travel Monitor. The Marketing & Research and Technology Bits are great!
Relate More… That thing in your hand does something really cool and it’s not Angry Birds. It allows you to talk to someone miles away. Hear their voice. Laugh with them. Pick up the phone and call someone once a week. Not just old friends too. When was the last time you went out to eat with the Chamber person, City Council rep, Parks and Recs Director? Don’t get complacent about those relationships.
Work Smarter… I’ve started on David Allen’s Getting Things Done. I’ve completed Order From Chaos and am trying to implement Liz Davenport’s cockpit system. Hopefully I’ll get more things ticked off my to-do list and not have so many small pieces of paper lying around with scribbles on them.
Stress Less… Really it starts with exercise. I’m not talking running a marathon. Simple stress reducing exercises that relax muscles, gives you a feeling of happiness, reduces pent up frustrations, and takes your mind off of problems. On top of all that, you’ll look better and have more energy too! Energy to stay up late cleaning out the email inbox.
Believe More… Just tonight the Bible story I read my 4-year-old reminded us that He provides food for the birds and clothes for flowers. Aren’t you more valuable than they? “Seek first His kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well!”
Here’s to a great 2012! Thanks for reading!